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100% Grenache (1930-40s) from Saint Georges (N-E), galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, destemmed, aged new-2 year 228-litre oak casks 15 months, unfined, unfiltered, organic wine

2016 ()

(casks) very dark colour, black centre, purple top. The bouquet has a beefy, intense style, shows prune fruit that can be associated with the Grenache in the 2016 vintage. It has a mulled fruits intensity about it. The palate is rich right from the start, moving well all along, with its content pushing well to the finish. This is tasty, fulsome wine with violets and licorice in the aftertaste, a sudden outburst of variety there. It’s very long, really goes the distance. It’s a big but mobile Châteauneuf. 14.5°. From mid-2020 at the earliest. Decanting advised. 2035-38 Nov 2017

2010

quite a shiny plum red; has a nicely spiced front air, offers an exotic invitation, a good layer of plum fruit behind – the nose is raw ands smoky for now. The palate is “dark”, and contains Christmas spices, sweet raisin and date flavours. It broadens well after half way, really expands and flourishes across the palate. has a fine raisin-like and spiced length. A bit pumped up with the feel that that is how it should be given price and Prestige wine status. From late 2013 – it can extend its sweet spiciness with time. Has orderly grip from its tannins. 2028-30 Dec 2011

2009 ()

(casks) full robe, matt top. Prune, date, violet airs from deliberately late picked crop – it has implicit sweetness and a high octane style. Red jam, cooked plum, liqueur flavour here – it flashes richness without being wholly convincing, is a Showbiz do. The tannins are quite ripe, with the red jam persisting all through. It is likely to evolve rather soon, then pause. Has a peppery, licorice aftertaste. From mid-2012. 2021-22 Oct 2010